Should I Take My Home off the Market for the Holidays?

Should I Take My Home off the Market for the Holidays?

Selling your home can be a stressful event. One of the most difficult aspects of selling your home is waiting for an interested buyer to view your home and make an offer. During this time, you may wait for days between viewings, all the while having to keep your home in impeccable condition. You may also have to leave your home with short notice when a real estate agent calls you to schedule a viewing. This can not only be stressful, but it can also be inconvenient to you. If the holidays are approaching, you may be wondering if you should take your home off the market or keep it listed for sale during this period of time. There are several points to consider:

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GOOGLE YOUR ADDRESS?

Google Your Address?

6 Reasons to Google Your Address

With virtually any type of information imaginable online, it makes sense to do regular internet searches for your home’s address. There are at least six compelling reasons it makes sense to do so, especially if it’s an address you’re thinking of renting, buying or selling. Smart homeowners would do well to search for their addresses, too, and here’s why:

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THIS MONTH IN REAL ESTATE – MAY, 2011

This Month in Real Estate – May, 2011

The following is a Keller Williams produced video. It gives a short overview of what is happening during the month of May, 2011.

If you would like to know what is happening in your neighborhood, please contact me.

SHOULD I SELL OR RENT OUT MY HOUSE?

Should I Sell or Rent Out My House ?

Usually, moving means that you will need to sell your home. After all, it’s usually a necessary step in affording a new home.

But for a number of reasons some people choose to rent out their homes instead. For example:

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MORTGAGE INSIGHTS – 04.29.11

Mortgage Insights

No Change From Fed

The most highly anticipated economic event this week was Wednesday’s Fed meeting. The Fed indicated that it will not make any changes in policy at this time, which investors took as positive news for stock and bond markets. Weakness in the GDP and Jobless Claims data released this week also helped mortgage rates improve. As a result, mortgage rates ended the week a little lower.

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HOW TO WRITE A SHORT SALE HARDSHIP LETTER

How to Write a Short Sale Hardship Letter

A Hardship Letter for a Short Sale is a letter that you write to your bank or financial institution requesting that the bank consider a short sale to stop the foreclosure of your home. At his point I must strongly suggest that you obtain the services of a qualified Short Sale Negotiator.  I reputable one will take his/her fee from the real estate commission, and not out of your pocket.  The first meeting should be free of charge.  However, there are a number of do-it-yourselfers out there; and if you’re bound and determined to do-it-yourself, following is what you should do:

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SELLER’S CHECKLIST – COMPREHENSIVE

Seller’s Checklist – Comprehensive

This checklist is meant as a guide to help you get your home ready to be sold.  You will want to capture the potential buyer’s interest from the moment they step out of their car and increase their interest as they open your front door and move throughout your home.

Request the Seller’s Checklist – Comprehensive, and I will email back an excel version of this spread sheet so that you can alter it at will.  Ideally, you should load this spreadsheet onto your computer so that you can make electronic notes as you go. 

Click HERE for the PDF version of the Comprehensive Seller’s Checklist.